Monday, December 27, 2010

California snowball fight - Episode 132- The Knitmore Girls

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Give the gift of Abstract Fiber this holiday season! Let your favorite fiber enthusiast choose their own colors by giving an Abstract Fiber gift certificate. You can find gift certificates in our tools and accessories section. They can even be emailed for quick delivery. Happy Holidays from Abstract Fiber!


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Knitter’s Magazine is celebrating a milestone of 100 issues by going digital! Download a FREE copy of K100 -- with more than 50 beautiful patterns -- Go to KnittingUniverse.com/Zinio for your FREE digital copy of K100
AND for details on how you can receive future issues of Knitter’s in print or digital formats.


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The holidays aren't over yet, and the Purlescence Purl Girls still have holiday goodies for late gifts. We are pleased to announce the arrival of three new fiber lines: Frabjous Fibers, Ashland Bay Fibers, and Crown Mountain Fibers. We've also got looms and spinning wheels in stock to help keep your warm this winter. Happy winter knitting!


On the Needles: (00:34)

Gigi has finished knitting the Two Old Bags felted Christmas tree ornaments, but hasn't felted them yet. Gigi is working on Sam's Sharks scarf. Jasmin has cast on a Pogona scarf (in WestKnits Book 1 by Stephen West) out of the 70% Superwash Merino/ 30% Silk (Metamorphosis) from A Verb for Keeping Warm in "Indigo Blue Sky".

Jasmin also mentions the Rick sock by Cookie A. Jasmin has joined the sleeves to the body on her Cece cardigan. We talk about Gigi 2011 and Jasmin 2011. We mention Knitting for Anarchists, and thank Paula from the Knitting Pipeline podcast for getting us to read the Elizabeth Zimmermann books.

More podcast suggestions!

Knit Naturally
Sticks and String
Stringchronicity
The Knits Wits
CraftLit
Stuff You Missed in History Class
KnitCents
Knit Knit Cafe

Contest: (12:35)

Our annual Do Some Good contest has begun! Do some good, post it to the thread, maybe you'll win a prize! But you'll definitely do some good, and that's awesome. The contest will close 1/9/2011, and we'll announce the winners on 1/10/2011.

Prizes include:
Events: (15:23)

- January 6th: Anniversary party at Unwind in Burbank, CA
- January 8-10: TNNA in Long Beach, CA
- February 17-20: Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA

Mother Knows Best: (16:05)

We discuss 60% heels. Jasmin mentions the eggapinne.

When Knitting Attacks: (22:29)

Gigi suffers an attack at the hands of Sam's Sharks scarf. Jasmin needs to take her own good advice and read her patterns all the way through.


Holidays with the Knitmores: (27:16)

We do a holiday wrap-up. (HA! Get it?!) Jasmin mentions the blog post about Gigi's sewing machine. We had a great time playing Scotland Yard.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Raffle mojo - Episode 131 - The Knitmore Girls

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Give the gift of Abstract Fiber this holiday season! Let your favorite fiber enthusiast choose their own colors by giving an Abstract Fiber gift certificate. You can find gift certificates in our tools and accessories section. They can even be emailed for quick delivery. Happy Holidays from Abstract Fiber!


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Knitter’s Magazine is celebrating a milestone of 100 issues by going digital! Download a FREE copy of K100 -- with more than 50 beautiful patterns -- Go to KnittingUniverse.com/Zinio for your FREE digital copy of K100 AND for details on how you can receive future issues of Knitter’s in print or digital formats.


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The holidays are fast approaching, and the Purlescence Purl Girls are preparing holiday goodies for you all to enjoy. We are pleased to announce the arrival of three new fiber lines: Frabjous Fibers, Ashland Bay Fibers, and Crown Mountain Fibers. We're also stocking up on looms and spinning wheels for your holiday gift desires. Get your wish list in and order early to ensure delivery before mid-December! Happy autumn knitting!

On the needles: (00:30)

Gigi has been inspired by Veronik Avery's 24/7 and has been stashdiving and planning projects. These projects include the Elemental Pullover, the Toe-up Traditional socks, and the Spiral Tweed Cloche. Gigi is working on a pair of vanilla socks out of vintage Opal. Gigi has started knitting Sam's Sharks scarf. Jasmin has made progress on her Cece. Jasmin has blocked Meghan's Twist cardigan, and here's the blog post about blocking. Gigi is working on the Two Old Bags felted Christmas tree ornaments.

You can follow us on Twitter as @knitmoregirls, here is the list of podcasts we listened to last week:

Ba Ba Blacksheep
KnitCents
Brass Needles
Stringchronicity
Clickspin
Just One More Row
Knitting Pipeline
Homespun Journey
Stash and Burn
Revenge of the Knits
Knitting Psychos
Miss Elle Knits
KnitaJourney
Well-Knitted Life
Knit Knit Cafe
Yarnings
Stitch Stud and His Bride

Contest: (11:11)

Our annual Do Some Good contest has begun! Do some good, post it to the thread, maybe you'll win a prize! But you'll definitely do some good, and that's awesome. The contest will close 1/9/2011, and we'll announce the winners on 1/10/2011.

Prizes include:

Events: (13:50)
- January 8-10: TNNA in Long Beach, CA
- February 17-20: Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA

Mother Knows Best: (14:13)

This week, we talk about different cast-ons for socks. These include the Twisted German cast on, the tubular cast on, and the channel island cast on.

Review: (19:14)

This week we review WestKnits Book 1 by Stephen West. We LOVE this book!

Holidays with the Knitmores: (27:39)

We love looking at decorated homes.

Straw into Gold: (31:26)

Jasmin has finished spinning the barbie dream fleece. It is resting and waiting to be plied.

Jasmin talks about spinning cashmere. The Yarn Place has 8oz of cashmere fiber for $20. Jasmin mentions The Intentional Spinner by Judith MacKenzie McCuin. Jasmin used an attenuated long draw to spin this cashmere.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Director's Cut- Anne Hanson

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Come celebrate the 6th Annual DFW Fiber Fest April 8-10, 2011. We are moving to a new, larger venue at the Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, and are excited to offer you our biggest vendor hall yet! We also have a Friday Night Event with Door Prizes galore and Mary Beth Temple as our featured speaker as well as classes in knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and dyeing. Our featured classroom teachers for 2011 are Anne Hanson, Robyn Chachula, and Mary Beth Temple. Registration is now open, and classes are filling up! Class descriptions and the schedule are available at dfwfiberfest.org. Register online today!

In this Director's Cut episode, we chat with Anne Hanson. Things that we talk about:

- Her blog, Knitspot
- Hypotenuse
- The "Little Nothings"
- The Jackie Jacket
- The Woolen Rabbit
- Zen Yarn Garden
- Fearless Fiber Yarn
- Briar Rose Fibers
- Eugen Beugler
- Anne's husband, David

Anne's teaching schedule can be found here.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Weaponized Knitting - Episode 130 - The Knitmore Girls

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Abstract fiber has new Limited Luxury fibers. Our website will soon have merino cashmere silk and merino yak silk blends that we will dye to order in any of our colors until we run out. The cashmere blend sold out at SOAR in 3 hours! Visit your lys or Abstractfiber.com to see what the commotion's about!


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Knitter’s Magazine is celebrating a milestone of 100 issues by going digital! Download a FREE copy of K100 -- with more than 50 beautiful patterns -- Go to KnittingUniverse.com/Zinio for your FREE digital copy of K100
AND for details on how you can receive future issues of Knitter’s in print or digital formats.


purllogolarge
The holidays are fast approaching, and the Purlescence Purl Girls are preparing holiday goodies for you all to enjoy. We are pleased to announce the arrival of three new fiber lines: Frabjous Fibers, Ashland Bay Fibers, and Crown Mountain Fibers. We're also stocking up on looms and spinning wheels for your holiday gift desires. Get your wish list in and order early to ensure delivery before mid-December! Happy autumn knitting!

On the needles: (00:31)

Gigi has been on a finishing spree. She mentions blocking the Cassidy and the Aeolian. Jasmin has finished knitting the pieces for Meghan's Twist cardigan. Jasmin has started the first sleeve on her Cece. Gigi mentions Lucy Neatby's finishing book (review pending). Gigi talks about her Origami Pullover, which she's knitting out of the Berroco Ultra Alpaca. Gigi has been finishing and embellishing her preemie hats.

Jasmin is trying all the suggestions for curing motion sickness. BioBands have worked so far. We also encourage you to leave positive iTunes reviews for your favorite podcasts.

Contest! (13:56)

Our annual Do Some Good contest has begun! Do some good, post it to the thread, maybe you'll win a prize! But you'll definitely do some good, and that's awesome. The contest will close 1/8/2011, and we'll announce the winners on 1/9/2011.

Events: (15:33)

- January 8-10: TNNA in Long Beach, CA
- February 17-20: Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA

Mother Knows Best: (16:40)

We discuss using the sweater curse to your advantage. Or not. Baby brother Sam weighs in on the sweater curse.

When Knitting Attacks: (26:04)

Jasmin can't count decreases, or keep track of sleeves when the directions and the chart are on separate pages. Jasmin mentions the Clover locking stitch markers and the Knitpicks locking stitch markers.


Review: (29:09)

This week, we review Knitting 24/7 by Veronik Avery, which we really like! Some favorite garments include:

Also mentioned: Paula from the Knitting Pipeline podcast.

Holidays with the Knitmores: (39:13)

This week, we talk about favorite baked goodies for the holidays. Some things mentioned:

Pfeffernüsse
Egg Nog Pie
Mudslide Pie
Jackie's Super Secret Cupcake recipe (from the KIPing it Real podcast)


Straw into Gold: (43:55)

This week we talk about spinning for sweaters.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Director's Cut - Chrissy Gardiner

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What could be better than knitting one of Chrissy Gardiner’s Toe-Up Socks? Knitting socks with cashmere! Introducing Temptation, a new yarn from Abstract Fiber. 10% Cashmere, 80% Superwash Merino, 10% nylon. We love this blend, and it's just perfect for socks. Heavenly soft, but with nylon for durability, this is the ultimate sock yarn. Only $30 for 100g of luxury for your feet. Temptation is also perfect for anything right next to your skin including cowls, scarves, and gloves.


We chat with Chrissy Gardiner, knitter, author, and instructor extraordinaire. Special thanks to Chloe, Lisa, and Maribel who were invaluable help at the Sock Summit.

Things that are mentioned:

Gardiner yarn works
Twisted (yarn shop in Portland)
Cat Bordhi's Visionary Retreat
Sakura Socks
The Dude Abides Sock
Old School Knee highs
Chibi- bent darning needles
Entrelac Lace Scarf pattern (now available)
Lucy Neatby's Knitting Essentials 1 DVD


You can find Chrissy's teaching and travel schedule here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Chiengora - Episode 129 - The Knitmore Girls

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Abstract fiber has new Limited Luxury fibers. Our website will soon have merino cashmere silk and merino yak silk blends that we will dye to order in any of our colors until we run out. The cashmere blend sold out at SOAR in 3 hours! Visit your lys or Abstractfiber.com to see what the commotion's about!

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The holidays are fast approaching, and the Purlescence Purl Girls are preparing holiday goodies for you all to enjoy. We are pleased to announce the arrival of three new fiber lines: Frabjous Fibers, Ashland Bay Fibers, and Crown Mountain Fibers. We're also stocking up on looms and spinning wheels for your holiday gift desires. Get your wish list in and order early to ensure delivery before mid-December! Happy autumn knitting!

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Knitter’s Magazine is celebrating a milestone of 100 issues by going digital! Download a FREE copy of K100 -- with more than 50 beautiful patterns -- Go to KnittingUniverse.com/Zinio for your FREE digital copy of K100 AND for details on how you can receive future issues of Knitter’s in print or digital formats.


On the Needles: (:33)

We mention the Nancy Bush interview. Gigi gets a few more yards of yarn to bind off her Aeolian shawl. Gigi has finished knitting her Maia shawl. Jasmin is designing a Neapolitan Cowl out of sale cashmere. Jasmin is hoping to finish Meghan's Twist cardigan this week.

Mother Knows Best: (14:01)

This week we encourage you to take time for yourself. We mention Jackie (from KIPing it Real)'s new rule of spending equal amounts of time on yourself as you do on others.

When Knitting Attacks: (18:39)

Gigi's Cozy Cables socks (from Sock Club) have attacked her.

Holidays with the Knitmores: (22:21)

We talk about holiday traditions at our house. Things mentioned:

- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- Elf
- Love Actually
- RENT

- Frank Sinatra holiday music
- Elvis Christmas CD
- Carols for a Cure CDs
- Michael Bublé's Christmas CD

Straw into Gold: (30:11)

Jasmin is still spinning on her Barbie Dream Fleece. Jasmin implores Gigi to swatch her red from Crosspatch Creations. We talk about chiengora. Jasmin mentions VIP Fibers.